Season 3 Episode 4

The One with the Metaphorical Tunnel

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 10, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Phoebe pretends to be Joey's agent and has some success in getting him auditions. Ross is upset when Ben brings a Barbie doll on his weekend visit. Chandler is advancing in his relationship with Janice and, realizing that he has a fear of commitment, goes to the girls for advice.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Janice & Chandler have commitment issues.

    The whole 'Janice & Chandler have commitment issues' plot was amazingly hilarious. It's funny to find out how Rachel & Monica have ice cream ready for "cases" like this. Chandler takes the fear of commitment and takes it to a whole new level, when he is all for commitment. I'm surprised to see how much Chandler is willing to go for Janice, when he absolutely hated her in season one. Phoebe pretending to be Joey's agent was nice of her, so it was a pretty good plot. Ross trying to make Ben not gay was absolutely hilarious! A great episode that was very funny.moreless
  • Season 3, Episode 4.

    Janice is so hilarious. Maggie Wheeler plays the part really well. Phoebe pretends to be Joey's agent and has some success in getting him auditions. Ross is upset when Ben brings a Barbie doll on his weekend visit. Chandler is advancing in his relationship with Janice and, realizing that he has a fear of commitment, goes to the girls for advice. I love how Chandler drives Janice away. I kinda feel bad about how Janice is treated, but it's just too freakin' hilarious! I love it! Friends always delivers great quality, and even when they aren't funny, they always provide an entertaining story.moreless
  • This is another well-written episode by Alexa Junge, including a relationship issue between Chandler and Janice.

    This is one of the best of season 3, especially with the growth that Chandler makes with his relationship issues. It's touching when Joey "makes sense" about Chandler's fear of committment, such that he says Chandler should be the most committed man he has ever been. For a moment, it works - as Chandler finds out the place he is fearful of really isn't that bad. It's interesting what happens though - Janice seems surprised and worried about Chandler's change of heart, not so much because she is going through a divorce, but that she never expected "Channduhlahh" to want such a committment. It's a great moment, especially when Chandler is talking to Monica and Rachel about what happened. The girls also have never looked so pretty in that scene. :)moreless
  • This episode is a great example of why Friends is, you know, Friends.

    This episode is great, the whole Chandler, Rachel and Monica scene is great, because, since Janice reaction wasn\'t the expected, Rachel and Monica didn\'t knew what to do, so they could help Chandler. Is great. And the fact that Phoebe is such a great friend, telling Joey the truth, so that we would improve is acting squiles is just great. Amazing show.
Edo Azran

Edo Azran

Young Ross Geller

Guest Star

Sierra Dawn Hill

Sierra Dawn Hill

Young Monica Geller

Guest Star

Maggie Wheeler

Maggie Wheeler


Recurring Role

Jane Sibbett

Jane Sibbett

Carol Willick-Bunch

Recurring Role

Jessica Hecht

Jessica Hecht

Susan Willick-Bunch

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Continuity: Phoebe (acting as his agent) tells Joey that he lost a part in a TV movie because "They'd never met an Italian actor with a worse Italian accent". However, in Season 7's "The One with Ross and Monica's Cousin", except for his missing "turtleneck", he nails the audition for an Italian immigrant. Apparently, he'd been "a-working onna you Italian accen-tay".

    • Goof: When Monica is telling Susan and Carol that Ross used to dress up as a girl, Ross goes over to the table and picks up a drink. When he picks it up it has the lid on. In the next shot he has the lid already in his hand.

    • Goof: When Ross shows G.I. Joe to Ben, the Barbie's legs are pointing towards the refrigerator. In the next shot, they are suddenly pointing the opposite way.

    • Goof: When Rachel and Monica are comforting Chandler and Rachel realizes that Chandler didn't call himself a loser, she pulls her hands in by her body. When the shot changes, her hands are back on the chair.

    • Continuity: Contrary to all descriptions of Monica's childhood weight problem, including an incident where they had to call sixth graders to teeter-totter with her when she was in kindergarten, young Monica in the home movie is thin.

    • Goof: In the scene where Chandler is eating the soy-based ice cream, the label of the ice cream changes back and forth. At first, the label is green and white, and says "French Vanilla", the camera cuts away, goes back to Chandler, and then the ice cream bucket is solid purple. Afterwards, it switches two more times.

    • Goof: In the scene where Chandler is sitting on the cabinet talking to Rachel and Monica, Rachel is holding an ice-cream bucket and a spoon. However, they keep showing up on the counter and then back in her hands between shots.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Ross: (imitating Joey's infomercial) Are you intrigued?
      Chandler: You're flingin'-flangin' right I am!

    • Phoebe: Well, it was just... it was all so crazy, you know? I mean, Chandler was in the closet counting to 10, and he was up to 7, and I hadn't found a place to hide yet. I meant to tell you, and I wrote it all down on my hand. See? All of it.
      Joey: Yep, that's my audition.
      Monica: See? Now this is why I keep notepads everywhere.
      Phoebe: Yep, and that's why we don't invite you to play.

    • Rachel: Huh. Well that's funny. Ugly Naked Guy's still naked, but his dog's wearing a sweater.

    • Monica: I gotta go to work. Has anybody seen my left boob?
      Joey: I love that movie.
      Monica: Here it is... (pulls the fake boob from under Joey's head) Joey, what are you doing?
      Joey: I'm sorry... It just felt nice.

    • Joey: Face your fear. You have a fear of heights, you go to the top of the building. You're afraid of bugs... get a bug!

    • Joey: Oh yeah. Go for it, man, jump off the high dive, stare down the barrel of the gun, pee into the wind!
      Chandler: Yeah, Joe. I assure you if I'm ever staring down the barrel of a gun, I'm pretty much gonna be peeing every which way.

    • Chandler: So I catch up to her and she says this relationship is going too fast and we have to slow down.
      Monica: That is never good.
      Chandler: Then I got all needy and clingy.
      Monica: You didn't beg, did you?
      Chandler: I said please.
      Monica: Well, was it please with one "E" in the middle of it or lots of "E's"?
      Chandler: Oh, dear Lord, I begged.

    • Monica (about comfort ice cream) When you start getting screwed over all the time, you gotta switch to low fat.

    • Chandler: So I'm not going to lose her?
      Rachel: Oh, honey, you're not a total loser.
      Chandler: I said, "So I'm not going to lose her?"

    • Janice: Okay, one of two things is happening here. Either you're seeing somebody behind my back, which would make you the biggest jerk on the planet, or you're pretending to be seeing somebody, which is so pathetic I could just start crying right here in the cereal aisle. So which of these two guys do you wanna be?
      Chandler: (pointing to another shopper) Could I be that guy?

    • Chandler: (when Janice calls him back) What do I do?
      Rachel: I have no idea. This is totally unprecedented!
      Monica: If we acted the way that you did, no man would ever call us again!

    • Carol: G.I. Joe?
      Ross: I don't know what to tell you guys, that's the doll he chose.
      Susan: What'd you do, dip it in sugar?
      Ross: G.I. Joe's in, Barbie's out. If you guys can't deal with it, that's just your too bad.
      Monica: What are you being such a weenie for? Ben has a Barbie, big deal. You used to dress up like a woman.
      Ross: What?
      Monica: You used to dress up in Mom's clothes all the time?
      Ross: I have no idea what you're talking about.
      Monica: The big hat, the pearls, the little pink handbag.
      Ross: Okay, you are totally making this up.
      Monica: How can you not remember? You made us call you "Bea"?
      Ross: (remembers) Oh, God.
      Susan: I've literally never been this happy.
      Monica: And wasn't there a song?
      Carol: Oh please God, let there be a song.
      Ross: There was no song. (to Monica) There was no song.
      Monica: (singing) I am Bea, I drink tea...
      Ross: (goes into the bathroom) That's not it at all!
      Monica: (singing through the door) Won't you... won't you...?
      Ross: (opens door) Won't you dance around with me.

    • Little Ross: (singing) I am Bea. I drink tea. Won't you dance around with me?

  • NOTES (3)


    • Little Ross: I am Bea. I drink tea. Won't you dance around with me?
      The song that little Ross sings has the same melody as the traditional children's song, "This Old Man". The melody was also borrowed for the "I Love You" song from Barney. The melody also evolved into Lt. Columbo's personal theme song on the hit TV series, "Columbo".

    • Monica: Pretend like you just woke up, okay? That'll throw her off! Be sleepy!
      Rachel: Yes! And grumpy!
      Chandler: What are you--? Stop naming dwarfs!
      Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 animated feature, the first produced by Walt Disney Productions. The film was adapted from the fairy tale Snow White by the Brothers Grimm. In the film the seven dwarfs were named Sleepy, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sneezy, Dopey, and Doc.

    • Monica: Has anyone seen my left boob?
      Joey: I love that movie!
      Joey is confusing "my left boob" with the film My Left Foot, a 1989 film by Jim Sheridan.